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Scientometrics of the International Journal Scientometrics

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Published in: Scientometrics, 56(1), 81–93
Authors: Bharvi Dutt, KC Garg, Anita Bali
Affiliation: National Institute of Science Technology and Development Studies, New Delhi (India)

In this paper, 1317 publications in the first 50 volumes of Scientometrics from 1978 to 2001 were examined. The authors focused on research articles and excluded letters to the editor, bibliographies, meeting abstracts, news and notes, editorials, obituaries, and commentary to Derek De Solla Price awards.

Data about year and volume of the publication, author, total number of authors, institutional affiliation, number of institutions, country, number of countries, type of collaboration, and theme of each research article were collected. All of the research articles were the classified into 7 groups, namely (1) scientometrics assessment; (2) citation and cluster analysis; (3) scientometrics distribution; (4) history of science; (5) scientific collaboration; (6) theoretical studies on scientometrics; and (7) others. In their analysis, Dutt, Garg, and Bali divided the research articles into 3 blocks of time window, 1978-1986, 1987-1994 and 1994-2001.

Dutt, Garg, and Bali found that the most common theme in Scientometrics is scientometrics assessment which constitutes 447 out of the 1317 publications, followed by theoretical studies and citation and cluster analysis with 186 and 165 publications respectively.

The authors also found that USA contributed the most publications in Scientometrics. There were 233 publications originated from USA, followed with 121 from Netherlands and 97 from India. However, in the three blocks of time window, publications originated from USA shows significant decrease with only 49 publications from 1994 to 2001. On the contrary, publications originated from India had increased significantly from 7 publications in the earliest time window to 60 in the last time window. Publications originated from Netherlands, India, France, Spain and Japan were also on the rise.

Next, Dutt, Garg, and Bali also examined the co-authorships pattern in Scientometrics. They found that 53.4% of the publications were single-authored papers, and 28.6% were two-authored papers. Although most publications were produced by a single author, multiple-authored papers are gaining momentum. Domestic and international collaborations were also gaining momentum, out of the 1317 publications 209 were the result of domestic collaboration and 77 were the result of international collaboration.

Finally, Dutt, Garg, and Bali noted that scientometrics research had been conducted in over fifty countries in many publishing institutions. The average number of papers per institution is 0.85. This indicated that scientometrics research were highly scattered.


Written by Mat

April 26, 2007 at 12:12 am

Posted in Scientometrics

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